Exploring Medical Anthropology

Exploring Medical Anthropology

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By (author) Donald Joralemon

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  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 226mm x 10mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 0205693512
  • ISBN 13: 9780205693511
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 190,713

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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence.   Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, Exploring Medical Anthropologyâ s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the authorâ s personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the disciplineâ s most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering.   An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.

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Donald Joralemon is professor of anthropology at Smith College. He received his BA from Oberlin College (1974) and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (1983). He is the author of Exploring Medical Anthropology (1999, third edition 2010) and the coauthor (with Douglas Sharon) of Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru (1993). Among his published articles on Peruvian shamanism is the widely cited essay, "The Selling of the Shaman and the Problem of Informant Legitimacy" (Journal of Anthropological Research, 1990). His present work focuses on the anthropology of organ transplantation and medical ethics. His article "Organ Wars: The Battle for Body Parts" (Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 1995) won the Polgar Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology. His most recent publications, on the medical ethics of financial compensation for organ donors, appear in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2001) and The Hastings Center Report (2003). An article on the concept of medical futility was published in the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics (2002). At Smith College, Professor Joralemon teaches Medical Anthropology, Native South Americans, Dying and Death, and a seminar on Anthropology and Medical Ethics

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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, "Exploring Medical Anthropology"'s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author's personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline's most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering. An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.

Table of contents

Preface Chapter 1   What's So Cultural About Disease?            Culture in Medicine            Development of Medical Anthropology            Medical Anthropology Today            Summary: Placing Medical Anthropology Among the Social Sciences of Medicine            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 2   Anthropological Questions and Methods in the Study of Sickness and Healing            Studying Shamans in Peru            Studying Medicine in the United States            Summary: The Anthropological Vision            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 3: Recognizing Biological, Social and Cultural Interconnections: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives on a Cholera Epidemic            Thinking About Epidemics            History and Biology of Cholera            Epidemiological Accounts of Peru's Cholera Epidemic            Evolution and the Ecological Framework            Cholera and the Evolutionary Framework            Medical Anthropology Embraces the Ecological/Evolutionary Model            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 4  Expanding the Vision of Medical Anthropology: Critical and Interpretive Views of the Cholera Epidemic            Political-Economy of Cholera            Political-Economic vs. Ecological/Evolutionary Perspectives            Interpretive View of Cholera            Taking a Broader, Inclusive Perspective            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 5 The Global Petri Dish            Transitions            SARS: The First Global Epidemic of the 21st Century            One Health Ecology            Further Complications: The Threat of Bioterrorism            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 6  Healers and the Healing Professions            Healing Roles: Organizing the Diversity            Authority of Healers            Authority in the Folk Health Sector: Position of  Peruvian Curanderos            Authority in the Professional Health Care Sector: Case of Biomedicine            Challenges to Biomedical Authority            Authority of Biomedicine in Non-Western Countries            Conclusion            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 7  Applying Medical Anthropology            Medical Anthropology in International Development: A Brief History            Work of Applied Medical Anthropologists in International Contexts            Applying Medical Anthropology in the United States            Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Applied Anthropology Under Attack            Personal Reflections            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 8: Anthropology and Medical Ethics            Medical Ethics: A Comparative Framework            Medical Ethics Beyond Biomedicine            Development of Bioethics in the United States            Social Sciences and Bioethics            Social Science: Out of the Closet            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 9: Body, Self and Biotechnologies            Cross-Cultural Views of the Self            The Stem Cell Debate            â Babyâ Pictures            Rights, Death and the Autonomous Self            Conclusion            Suggested Readings            Notes Chapter 10: A Look Back and a Glance Ahead            Advantages of Medical Anthropology            Thinking Anthropologically about HIV/AIDS            Future Directions in Medical Anthropology            Academic and Professional Career Paths Related to Medical Anthropology            Conclusion            Suggested Readings            Notes GlossaryReferences Cited